In recognition of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, "Civil War-Era Memories" features excerpts from The Memphis Daily Appeal of 150 years ago.
July 25, 1862
From the Appeal in Grenada, Miss. / Memphis Intelligence – Quite a number of Memphians who have been driven from their homes by the tyrannical order of Gen. Hovey, which gave them no option except banishment or taking an oath of allegiance to the hated government, arrived this last evening. The order referred to is being rigidly enforced, and hundreds, including many of the most prominent citizens, are preparing to leave.
Forrest still at work -- The telegraph brings us more good news from Gen. Forrest in Middle Tennessee. To his conquest of Murfreesboro he has added that of Lebanon, some twenty-five miles east of Nashville. . . The country will not only admire but applaud the daring adventure and heroic deeds of Gen. Forrest, who, although a novice in war, has by his intrepidity and gallantry won for himself a place in the front rank of our military commanders.
Federal Outrages at Germantown, Tenn. -- The Memphis Bulletin gives the following account of the recent outrages committed by Lincoln's troops upon the defenseless citizens of Germantown, Tenn. The perpetrators of these acts are supposed to have been stragglers from Gen. Sherman's command, which was encamped at that time a few miles from the place. . . These men came in squads . . . and proceeded to break into stores and private dwellings, and carry off or destroy whatever they could find – including furniture, wearing apparel, books, personal ornaments, silver spoons, or anything else that suited their fancy, in spite of the prayers and remonstrances of their owners. No houses were burned, as was before reported, but only one dwelling in the neighborhood escaped being completely pillaged.
July 28, 1862 Vicksburg has proved a stumbling block to the invaders, who have learned that the Mississippi is not yet open; and its successful defense should cause a blush of shame to mantle the cheeks of those who so ingloriously caused positions equally as strong above to be abandoned without a struggle.